Lovely Ladies Luncheon League

January 24, 2010

“Nine” at the Orpheum Changed to Margaritas at Pasquals!

Filed under: Dinner & a Movie — LLLhost @ 10:59 am

Next on the agenda, the Orpheum (the coolest theater in town with some mighty tasty treats, yummy Tomato Bisque for instance) and Nine.

So, it turns out that the projector was still down at the Orpheum and Nine is nowhere else in town so a few quick emails and we were off to Sundance, our “fallback” meeting place. With the arrival of 6 members, we decided that instead of a movie, we wanted to head over for 1/2 price margaritas at Pasquals/Hilldale. (Mondays and Tuesdays every week). We poured over the virtues of the “original” with orange over the traditional lime and salt/no salt. We were fairly evenly divided with one dissenter (strawberry). We determined they are all strong and very fine! It’s that 100% blue agave tequila!

We started with the bottomless basket of Pasqual’s corn chips with a bit of Guacamole with lots of really fresh Salsa. My personal favorites on the menu, the Double Taco Dinner,  (A soft flour tortilla wrapped around a crispy corn tortilla with guacamole, holding the two together!) and the Enchilada with blue corn tortillas and mole sauce. Any Quesadilla is right up there, with the Garden Quesadilla (A grilled whole-wheat tortilla filled with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, sautéed red and green bell peppers, pepperoncini, black olives, and mild green chiles). As for me, I went with a special, a Quesadilla with pork, mushrooms and a chipolte sauce. Yum! A nice change for a frequent flier like myself.

As for what we talked about, orchids, art shows, jobs, places to stay in Chelsea (comment away, I can’t remember the details so please fill in)

A bit later, a 6th grade friend of Paula’s who she hadn’t seen for years joined us. Quite the talker and conservative from what I gathered from the other side of the table. What I love about this group though, is how easily they roll with everything and amused by our zealousness new male guest. It’s funny, people assume everyone is so radical in Madison that we are somehow in heated debates over politics all the time. Most of  the men and women I know, live their politics every day, where they work, how they spend money, how they share of lives…they don’t try so hard to be convincing, they just do it. Interesting twist though to have a 6th grade classmate show up for an evening with us. It was really quite entertaining.

As the bills came in, it turned out that our very kind waiter gave each of us our individual bills with the Guacamole & chips evenly split 7 ways! Can you believe that? We were amazed, tipped him handsomely and vowed a return trip for more margarita’s. What a little good customer services can do! All and all, a fabulous night, even without Nine.

Next week we are planning to catch a lecture with the author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It’s great to be in a college town with amazing free events going on all the time!

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